WHO are ELL (English Language Learners)?

The EL student population continues to grow in the United States; they now comprise 10% of all students in the United States.

Many EL students speak English very well (we call this Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills/BICS); it is more difficult when they have to use English to learn subject-area content (cognitive academic language proficiency/CALP). Most of the testing they experience is for the development of CALP.

This link explains the difference between the two.

What makes English so difficult to learn?

The Laotian language is "regular"; it follows the rules consistently. 

But consider the following about English:

21 Reasons Why The English Language Is Hard To Learn!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was
time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Check out this poem about English Pronounciation!


This is the website of the Lao Center in Minneapolis. Sunny Chanthanouvong has a long history of communicating with the Lao Community in Warroad.  He can answer many questions.


So.... how do you improve your English?

Some say that reading something that you naturally enjoy helps considerably. And...who doesn't like jokes? You learn about the culture of a country, as well as vocabulary, when you study its humor.

Try this site!


Try some basic common Lao phrases:

and this site pronounces it for you:

and sokdee (thank you)!


These are 2 great places to find out how you,

as an English speaking teacher/neighbor/or friend,

can help English Language Learners.